Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate

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New Aikido classes on Tuesdays and Fridays

Our Tenants Hall is now hosting a new group training the Japanese martial art of Aikido, on Tuesdays (7 – 8:30 p.m.) and Fridays (7:30-9:30 p.m.).

Aikido is an inherently non-aggressive  Japanese martial art based primarily on unbalancing an attacker through the use and re-direction of his own momentum, and through the application of throws and joint locks. As it requires very little force, it can be practiced with very little physical strength and by people of all ages. It is self-defense (and self-improvement) oriented and non-competitive.

The instructor is Nikos, who has been training and practicing aikido for the past 13 years, including 3 years spent at the Shiseikan Dojo in Tokyo, attaining the grade of 3rd dan.

Classes are for 18yo+ and open to both men and women. For further information please contact Nikos directly at    or 07475825852. The group will take a break from training in August, and resume in September.



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After finding that our 3 hives had died over the winter we now have two new colonies which we’ve had a couple of months now. Hive N.1 was a bit of a worry as we were pretty sure we lost the queen, this happens however a new queen was born and is now viable and we noticed last week that there is new broad which is all a very good sign. We expect to see this hive improve over the coming weeks. Hive N.2 however is a completely different story and doing so well it is amazing.  Last week the ‘Super’ which is the box where the honey is made was so heavy that one person alone could not lift it! We quickly knocked up some more frames and have put a second super on. This all means we will have some honey this year, not as much as last year but you never know – anything can happen with bee’s! Just hope the weather stays good and the bee’s can get out to forage.

We look at the bee’s every Thursday evening at 7.30pm on the roof of the tenants hall and if you ever want to come up and have a look you are more than welcome to do so.
Sara, Ron, Kate and Ben

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The TRA has been working closely with Camden Council to improve the lighting and appearance of the garages on Rowley Way and to increase patrols. Many garages have now been cleaned up and are ready to rent for residents with vehicles. Camden Council have had the garages painted and cleaned up, lighting has been improved, and disused garages cleaned up and made ready to rent. They cost around £8 a week depending on the size of your engine and emissions. To apply for a garage you can go to Camden’s website here. For more information call the Contact Centre on 0207 974 4444

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Article in the Guardian

Article on the importance of our Estate in The Guardian newspaper

Interesting article in the Guardian written by Owen Hatherway on the importance of our estate and others like it built by Camden in the 1970s as part of a “spacial redistribution of wealth”. In particular how Sydney Cook and a team of architects working for Camden at the time were committed to building high quality council housing. As Hathaway says “Under the borough architect Sydney Cook, Camden in particular built possibly the finest working-class housing ever provided in British history – estates such as Highgate New Town, Alexandra Road and Branch Hill, all of them low-rise, sharply (but not bleakly) modernist, based around pedestrian streets, and finished to an exceptionally high standard”. As residents we are glad and proud that our estate is getting full recognition, not only for the excellent design, but also for the democratic ideas that lay behind it. Let’s hope that councils can one day once again start building places like it in the centre of our cities. Read the full article here. October 2013